Public Policy / Government Relations Articles
TCC launches radio campaign for highway funding
The Transportation Construction Coalition (TCC) launched a radio advertising campaign aimed at encouraging members of the House of Representatives to pass a multi-year highway and public transit investment bill.
August 26, 2015 – Pit & Quarry
California advances 12-cent gas tax hike proposal
California advanced a plan this week to increase the amount of money drivers in their state will have to pay at the pump to help pay for transportation projects as federal road funding dries up, The San Jose Mercury News reports.
August 21, 2015 – The Hill
McConnell sells Senate highway bill in Kentucky
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) is pushing for his long-term highway funding bill during the Congressional recess, even though it was ignored by the House.
August 14, 2015 – The Hill
GOP senator, Foxx push for bipartisanship on highway funding
Sen. Deb Fischer (R-Neb.) and Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx are pushing for lawmakers to "work together" to pass a long-term highway bill when Congress returns to Washington in September.
August 12, 2015 – The Hill
Polls show Trump leading Iowa as rivals head to state fair
Donald Trump has taken the lead among Republican presidential candidates in Iowa as his GOP rivals prepare to make their pitches at the State Fair opening Thursday in Des Moines.
August 11, 2015 – Agri-Pulse
McConnell rules out linking highway bill to overseas tax reform
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) on Thursday ruled out using revenue from taxing U.S. companies' foreign profits to pay for a multi-year highway bill, something Senate Democrats have discussed with House Republicans.
August 6, 2015 – The Hill
AEM Urges Congress to Finish Work on Highway Bill
AEM is asking members to contact Congress through IMakeAmerica.com or by attending a town hall meeting this August to urge House members to finish the important work started by the Senate on a long-term highway bill.
August 3, 2015 – AEM
Obama scolds Congress at highway bill signing
President Obama on Friday signed a three-month stopgap bill preventing federal highway funding from drying up, but blasted lawmakers for failing to agree on a long-term measure.
July 31, 2015 – The Hill
Export-Import Bank supporters take heart from Senate action
Manufacturers, including those here in northwest Indiana, are hoping recent action by the U.S Senate restores the Export-Import bank, which recently expired due to Congressional inaction.
July 31, 2015 – nwi.com
House votes to provide money for highway aid, plug hole in veterans' health care budget
The House voted overwhelmingly on Wednesday to shore up federal highway aid and veterans' health care before heading out of town for its August recess, leaving unresolved an array of sticky issues that are sure to complicate an autumn agenda already groaning under the weight of indecision.
July 29, 2015 – U.S. News & World Report
Senate Committee Passes Two-Year Approval Of Tax Extenders
The Senate Finance Committee on Tuesday approved a number of expired tax provisions for two years with a 23-3 vote.
July 24, 2015 – AgriMarketing
Senate ends logjam over McConnell roads bill
The Senate late Wednesday voted to move forward with a six-year federal highway bill, giving Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell a significant victory even as his legislation encounters stiff opposition from his own party in the House.
July 22, 2015 – The Hill
Renewal of expensing allowance, biofuel incentives advances in Senate
The Senate Finance Committee advanced a two-year extension of a higher Section 179 expensing allowance and tax incentives for wind power and biofuels.
July 21, 2015 – AgriPulse
Highway Bill Deadline Means No Early Recess
After three minutes of railing for reauthorizing the government bank that subsidizes the financing of U.S. exports, House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer tugged his ear and sheepishly asked the Republican leader who controls the chamber's schedule a simple, innocent question, in part because 20 of his colleagues had heard rumors and prodded him to ask it: Are we getting out of work early?
July 19, 2015 – National Journal
Driving the Future of Infrastructure: A Thought-Leader Dinner
On July 13, The Hill convened a thought-leader dinner to consider solutions to achieve long-term transportation funding, from policies to keep the Highway Trust Fund solvent, to opportunities for public-private investment partnerships, to what can be learned from strategies that have proven successful for solving large-scale issues outside of the transportation sector.
July 13, 2015 – The Hill
U.S. House Republicans unveil $8.1 billion short-term transport bill
Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives on Monday unveiled an $8.1 billion plan to fund highway and rail transit projects through the end of 2015, paid for by extending an airport security fee increase and various tax rule changes.
July 13, 2015 – Reuters
Foxx hints at highway patch veto
Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx hinted Wednesday that President Obama might veto a temporary highway funding extension if Congress passes one this month.
July 8, 2015 – The Hill
Michigan appears ready to increase gas tax
With cherry pies in high demand in Michigan as the summer kicks into high gear, lawmakers there seem to be on a sudden sugar high when it comes to finding money for the state's ailing infrastructure.
July 2, 2015 – Roads & Bridges
Where America's worst roads are - and how much they're costing us
The shoddy state of the nation's roads cost the average driver $515 in extra operation and maintenance costs on their car, according to the latest analysis from TRIP, a national transportation research group.
July 1, 2015 – Washington Post
Six states increasing gas taxes on July 1
Six states are scheduled to increase their gas taxes on July 1 to help pay for transportation projects, according to the Citizens for Tax Justice and the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy (ITEP).
June 29, 2015 – The Hill